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>> welcome to the municiapal board of directors. (roll call)
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cell phones that are set on vibrate can interfere with the microphone. >> motion one, approval of the meetings. >> chairman nolan: all those in favor? opposed? -- >> good evening commissioners. i do not attend last meeting. however your approving them and i was in the august 21 of september 4 meeting, i was wondering why there is an endless culture of misrepresentation of certain verifiable facts. those minutes and that summarize what i stated or submitted.
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why should these? the omission of relevant data that pertains to taxi service, taxi services, is the dereliction of duty, omission. for special assistance number 12, parliamentarian code 1372, who is supposed to supervise the flow of information, ensure preparation and distribution, ensure the development and proper maintenance of database and files, doesn't this board care about taxi dispatch, driver quality of the confusion over top lights, and the lack of taxi stands? bearing my comments and pc&m survey in the sand can only be
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construed as a cover-up. would you correct those minutes? >> thank you. >> anyone else care to address the board on the minutes? >> chairman nolan: all those in favor? the ayes have it. >> secretary boomer: item 5, communication. >> chairman nolan: let me say that we anticipated a large crowd of people today, taxi items. what i want to do is combine with a members consent, 11 and 12, and get people from the public about three minutes each. i was under the impression that everybody understood at that point that there were no taxi items on their. i apologize not everybody had known that.
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will listen to the proposals today. anything else ms. boomer? >> secretary boomer: item 6, introduction and a new business by board members. >> i would like to say that we went to the cable cart delegation. director reiskin, director nolan and myself went to the dedication of the cable cart number 6. it was nice to be there to see the car as it rolled out as agreed everyone who had worked on that i congratulate them for doing a great job. unfortunately the gentleman in charge of doing the paint job for 30 years -- could not be there because he was ill in the hospital. everybody recognize the hard
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work he had done that. the cable cars are such an amazing attraction and the drivers are such ambassadors; >> chairman nolan: it was impressive and moving; he dedicated his entire work life to the cable cars. it shows. the quality shows. the family joined in the ribbon-cutting ceremony. director ramos? >> director ramos: thank you chairman nolan. i had the great pleasure to attend the recent public event that the san francisco bicycle coalition coordinated hosting the gentleman from copenhagen, one of the directors that is helped push their mode share
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the something like 30 percent. one of the things that they have done in copenhagen - and there is interest in doing that here - is getting a bicycle counter installed along one of the heavy bicycle corridors. there is private interest in cooperating with the nta and exploring the opportunity. i want to see if it would be okay to see the could have staff take a look at something like that the next four that for future discussion and start to get - explore those opportunities. >> chairman nolan: will members consent will ask mr. reiskin. thank you, ms. boomer. >> director ramos: i know we are trying to move quickly. one more thing with respect to safety and well-being of some
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of our employees. i regularly see our fair inspectors out there. they're always telling me horror stories about how they were assaulted, running into issues with increased amount of enforcement. i am wondering if there is some way where we can have maybe staff look into - if not outright - a little bit more awareness building on the part of the riding public and how it is a crime to assault and abuse our fare inspectors. >> chairman nolan: we also received indication from the president of 258 about drivers as well; he was referring to the driver after the world series in the bus, attacked, set on fire. all that mr. reiskin, if you could come back to some point,
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i look around the country and see what best practices might be there. i am sure that fare inspectors is tough stuff. >> secretary boomer: -- report. >> good afternoon. a few things for you today. first of all happy to announce the couple of awards, recognition that the agency has received, the mtc, metropolitan transportation committee presented the sfmta with excellent emotion award for sf park, and also -- the annual award program the mtc puts on, we were fortunate to be recognized for two different programs. also eric williams, the
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president of 258 and i attended an event of the san francisco museum and historical society, when both muni for its 100 anniversary and the market street railway received awards of merit from that society. get to get positive recognition for the history of muni which again came forth last week when the put car 26 back into service. moving on, one bike issue, jfk cycle track that went in the early this year - i know there were a lot of concerns about it. there was a lot of back-and-forth, engagement of different stakeholders to approve the design and address concerns.
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we have gone back to conduct a survey to see how the traffic for cars, pedestrians, bikes, people with disabilities has changed since the installation of the cycle track. i will mention also that director rubke and director brinkman and others dissipated in the event last week but on the mayor's office of disability, the independent living council, the walk sf bike coalition to talk about issues of accessibility. we did speed surveys for vehicles and bicycles at two locations, in person surveys, intercept surveys before and
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after the installation of the cycle track. holidays are coming up. construction in union square will be suspended in the holidays. it will be reopened from market to geary, especially during the holidays the best way to access union
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square, downtown shopping district is by muni, bart, ferries; the best places to catch a cab, or park -- i am missing some of the text here -- we want people to come to the areas where all the holiday shopping happens. we want people to use transit, take taxis, ride bikes. we will resume construction on stockton after the first of the year. for those who have to drive we want folks to use sf park garages, rates are competitive the parking these garages as opposed to being out in the street blocking taxis, muni, while looking for a parking space. we want to encourage everybody
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on muni - and really everybody out in the public right-of-way to be aware of your surroundings, to be conscious of what is happening around you. we still have a fairly high degree of pickpocketing, and that sort of activity happening on muni, particularly in tourist heavy areas. people should be mindful and a distracted by portable devices. we want everyone to be safe and want the cities businesses to thrive. church and debose project, last weekend shutdown, we are in substantial completion. the last bit of work that requires a shutdown was replacing track in the portal,
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connecting the mainline up to churchill and debose. we had recently found the track in that area was worn, and reduce the speed in that area. the main piece of the remaining work that we were not able to do this past weekend because of the weather was doing the pilot transit only lanes on church between 16th and debose; was the weather clears and we have a good window we will move forward with the public of transit only lane. that pilot is part of the tep, an unofficial pilot of the tep, one of many measures and to improve the reliability of services. we chose this location because it is the slowest segment of the j church; a pretty key area. we want to see what we can get
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in terms of improvements. i creating a transit-only lane and colorizing it, sending a strong signal that it is for transit, it is an 18 month pilot. hopefully it will take us lowest portion of that route and speed it up considerably. only there but at 22 and fillmore. finally the partnership for a healthier america which works with the private sector and our first lady, michelle obama, to address the epidemic of childhood obesity, and blue cross blue shield announced the 10 cities will play host to "play streets," and not surprisingly san francisco has been designated as one of the cities. each city will host at least four play street events, by
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closing streets and opening them up for kids and families to be out and enjoy the public right-of-way in a different way than just passing through it. very much i akin to sunday streets. they will receive funds and technical assistance. an extension of the sunday street umbrella. probably much smaller than a big center street closure. we will work with neighborhoods to identify the ones they would like to us to close - we had a discussion a few months back about being more friendly to these kinds of activities. that concludes my report. >> chairman nolan: members of the board, questions or comments? >> congratulations on the play street grant.
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i know this board and the public in general has shown his huge appetite for speeding up transit and director reiskin, -- getting to the on-time goal is challenging if not impossible. (off mic) (off mic) we are looking at expanding it in other areas to have transit running in a reliable and timely a manner as possible. >> chairman nolan: on the director support, any members of the public have comments? >> thank you for that. first i would like to thank you for opening up stock industry. that's been a big problem for taxis and commuters. anybody who drives a car will love that. san francisco park - that has
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big-time rates, right? the bridge has peak time rates. hotels have peak time rates, called dinner-time. why not taxis? it was astonishing to me to find out that chris hyoshi did not know what the extra buttons on the meter were for. that can be set by time. same at 12 o'clock, who want to discourage traffic. at eight in the morning the press can go up. we don't have to touch it. it's built into the system. you aren't aware of - why not
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taxis? if you want to catch a taxi you should stand in the corner not in front of hotels. some hotels operate illegally. drivers know that. my observation, i see lots of traffic being pushed over into two lanes, we have an open late for the buses, but no buses. and we have people waiting on the corner, packed, in every bus that goes by. we need more buses. that's an observation. maybe it'll help the cad industry it will take pressure ,off. >> chairman nolan: we call item 11 and 12 together.
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people will have three minutes to speak on those. >> and you are speaking of the directors report? >> this report include speeding up travel time? >> no it does not. >> seen that there is no citizens advisory council report, moving to item 11, sections 11 03 and 11 16, on the taxi medallion waiting list (reading from the agenda.) item 12 authorizing the director of transportation to establish a down payment assistance program for medallion transfers.
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>> chairman nolan: we have seen the presentation before. we can hear from the public now. >> secretary boomer: tera houseman, sam [indiscernible]. >> i think that it was not a wise decision to combine 11 and 12. what is the hurry? why are you going so headlong into forcing the future of 1300 people down the toilet before you get the report that they several hundred thousand dollars for? this proposal throws a very expensive bone to 10% of the people on the waiting list. it says, screw you to the other 90%, all of whom have relied
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upon the structure the lives and future around the promise of the city of san francisco made to them over a decade ago. why the rush? there is no pressing need for this. you don't have to pass every single thing that comes before you the moment it comes before you. you can say no. as far as item 12, down payment assistance. frankly, people on the waiting list i could not come up with $15,000 the amount that the drivers are required to come up with without several years notice. our incomes are not in that bracket. finally, congratulations. the crowd here is sparse because we know that we found through example that any pretense of honest process is
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strictly pro forma lip service; it's no longer were to show up. you get it shorter meeting. resolutions. >> i will like to highlight two points. i e-mailed you my proposal. the issue is the money that is needed for down payment assistance. and the proposal that staff recommended brings 22 million 500, and what i have proposed will bring 100 million for sure. if you extend the duration more than two years, -- for example in japan the cost of property is high. the loan goes beyond 30 years. you have the potential of
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getting 1 billion dollars; if you paying biweekly payments, the duration could be shorter. so my proposal which is $5 addition to shifts, is not going to hurt drivers much. for example i drive a car that burns gas, not a hybrid. i pay $25 more to gas up a shift. does not bother me that much. $5 per shift does not bother me that much, could bring 500 million to 1 billion. i am 62 years old. if i decide to pay this 150,000 to get a medallion, interest is low, 5.5 fixed rate, i will
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only pay 11,000 into it, then it will go higher. i will not be able to pay the my lifetime. the other point that i would like you to consider is that we had - i received a -- medallion. the requirement was to serve the disabled community for three years. i have finished that almost 7 years ago. and we have been given promises that you will get irregular medallion, swap it in 3-4 months, and another 3-4 months. the thing is, most of us that have wheelchair accessible taxis, we have done this on top of the waiting list. t
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we have done it at least five extra years. the price of wheelchair cabs is three-times as much; the cost of maintenance is three times as much. you ask these drivers, if you're empty, people flag a sedan with a passenger inside. >> chairman nolan: next speaker please. >> good afternoon. >> my name is richard beale, i've been a cab driver for 21 years. also drove in boston before coming here. i am a -- for four years, number 34 in the waiting list. we are concerned about our fate.
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pending decisions by the sfmta, which will impact the future quality of life; currently the status of grant medallions are in limbo; they are not transferable. in order to maintain the current a income level until retirement we must continue to push wheelchairs up and on the ramp in the physically we may not be able to do so. the alternative for the rampt medallion holder is purchase a regular medallion for 150,000; it is not prudent for someone who is six years old to take on the financial burden; it compromises our ability to save money for retirement. it is not like winning the lottery. we put in decades of her life into a stressful, dangerous, low-paying job, beginning of industry vital to
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the san francisco tourist industry. having a medallion is the only way we can hope to put funds away during the last 10-15 years of our working life. we serve the wheelchair community, providing paratransit service. a way can be found to recognize our past services that come from us in the financial interest of the sfmta. the prospect of future caps depends on the ability to switch ramp medallion for regular medallions. the current ramp medallion will yield 100,000 a month